This aircraft is
specially suited for work in high altitude & high
temperature environments. The larger engine,
transmission and rotor system gives this aircraft a
significant performance advantage over the MD500D. ASTREA has three of these.
ASTREA operates one "D" model 500 series helicopter. This
is the oldest in the fleet, the workhorse of ASTREA
since the late 1980's. The "D" model
will eventually be replaced in favor of newer, more
powerful helicopters, and is easily identified
by the rounded nose.
||BELL 205 A1 ++ FIRE/RESCUE HELICOPTER
The two fire/rescue
helicopters are equipped with 375 gallon belly tanks and
hoists capable of lifting 600 pounds. These
helicopters greatly expand our rescue and firefighting
ASTREA crew members also work with Cal Fire in the rescue role. Whereas ASTREA deputy
sheriffs pilot the helicopter, Cal Fire personnel operate the hoist and deploy on the
hoist cable to assist victims on the ground. Initial and recurrent training from a company
recognized as the best in the industry helps crew to be as safe and efficient as possible.
||BELL 407 HELICOPTER
ASTREA operates one
Bell 407 helicopter. This helicopter can seat up
to seven persons and fly for close to 3 hours without
landing for fuel. It is equipped with a data-link
antenna and associated hardware which will make it
possible to pass a live video feed to ground personnel.
Unlike the (4) MD-500 models, the pilot flies from the right seat and the
TFO sits in the left seat. The TFO operates the thermal imager (FLIR), night
sun, data downlink, PA system and a suite of radios capable of communicating with
any agency in the county.
The 407 is also equipped with a FLIR 8500 thermal imager with laser designator.